Department of the Environment

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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Grants to help communities help the environment

Media release
9 April 2013

The Australian Government is supporting local community groups to continue their work protecting our precious environment.

Environment Minister Tony Burke today opened applications for Community Environment Grants program which offers small grants of between $5000 and $50 000 to help groups undertake on-the-ground activities and increase their skills and capacity to protect the natural environment.

“Across Australia community groups do a great job in protecting their local environment and these grants will help them continue this important work,” Mr Burke said.

 “The efforts of community groups in controlling pests, planting trees, removing weeds and educating others are vital if we are to continue to increase biodiversity and preserve our habitats and natural icons.”

A wide range of activities are eligible for Community Environment Grants funding. These include activities that increase biodiversity in and around World Heritage Areas; developing land and sea country management plans, holding field days and conferences to show-case innovative sustainable environment practices.

Activities also extend to training local communities to participate in environmental protection, working with local governments, regional bodies and industries to reduce pollution entering urban and coastal waterways and marine environments and recording and using Indigenous ecological knowledge to deliver conservation outcomes.

Eligible community groups include Indigenous, Landcare and Coastcare groups, rotary clubs, surf clubs, Scout and Girl Guide groups and other local community groups. Applications are open to groups Australia-wide until midnight (12am AEST) Wednesday 8 May.

Under the first phase of Caring for our Country 2008–2013, the Australian Government invested more than $2 billion to protect and build the resilience of our environment.

A further $2.2 billion has been committed to the second phase of Caring for our Country (2013–2018) to support land managers, community groups, Indigenous groups, and industry and environment groups. Community Environment Grants is just one of several programs providing funding to organisations across the country.

Grant guidelines, application forms and further information is available from the Caring for our Country website: